Learning Timeline Explained
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ― Henry Ford
What do the A1 to C2 codes mean?
By having an understanding of these CEFR (Common European Framework) codes, it is possible to estimate your level of English. One level is determined by the averaging of skill competencies as well as grammar knowledge and vocabulary range. Here is a very brief overview of what students are capable of doing at each of these specified levels and how many class hours and homework assignments are required to move from one level to the next. The names of Cambridge English exams have also been included to help identify each level.
Steady progress can be made when a student dedicates, on average, 1.5 hours per week doing guided homework assignments and spends additional time using English actively at work or in their free time in challenging situations.
A1 to A2
A1: Students can talk in simple terms about their family and hobbies. They can read a simple restaurant menu and order food from a stand.
A2: Students can ask and answer simple questions about products and services. They can arrange a meeting and greet customers with confidence.
A2 to B1
B1: Moving from A2 to B1 involves much more learning than from A1 to A2. When students reach the B1 level, they have expanded their vocabulary so that they can now answer frequent customer and supplier questions by phone or e-mail. They will speak and write with errors but can be understood. At the B1 level, travelling alone to English-speaking countries becomes much easier as they can interact with native speakers now. Students may also enjoy reading in English in their free time.
B1 to B2
B2: To reach the B2 level, which is considered when someone is fluent in a language, requires much effort on the part of the student to learn more complex grammar points and a wider range of vocabulary. At a B2 level, students can defend their opinions with strong arguments in written and spoken form. Students are able to read and understand non-technical books and daily newspaper articles with ease. They can also actively participate in meetings. Those wishing to attend a university course can do so as B2 signifies the threshold level required to attend many English speaking universities.
B2 to C1
C1: Students at a C1 level can use more advanced and complex sentence structures in both spoken and written form successfully with minor errors. They are able to represent their company in a highly professional manner and can communicate with native speakers confidently on nearly any subject. It is also possible to read and write lengthier academic work.
C1 to C2
C2: A C2 level of English is essentially a native speaker level. It allows for reading and writing of any kind on any subject, using nuanced expression of emotions and opinions, and active participation in any academic or professional setting. Errors may still occur at C2 and vocabulary still can be developed. However, students have reached such a level where self-learning has become second nature. Nothing is too difficult to learn.
Key Ingredient: Motivation
The official definition of motivation is:
Internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal. Motivation results from the interaction of both conscious and unconscious factors such as the (1) intensity of desire or need, (2) incentive or reward value of the goal, and (3) expectations of the individual and of his or her peers. These factors are the reasons one has for behaving a certain way.
An example is a student that spends extra time studying for a test because he or she wants a better grade in the class.